Daily Devotional: Day 115
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9, KJV).
Trust is an investment. You can make profit or you can incur losses. In the Bible, we’re commanded to love people, but nowhere – from what I recall – does God command us to trust people. If anything, we’re taught repeatedly to be careful about putting our trust in people. No human being is God. I know this sounds simple. But it’s not simple to a lot of people. Some degree of trust is, of course, necessary for human interactions to thrive. Nevertheless, we should make a distinction between people and God.
All human beings are fallible, even the best of us. It is, therefore, unwise to channel wholehearted trust into any individual or group of people. Trust is sacred, and we should be careful who we trust and to what extent we trust them. If we trust blindly and rashly – without discerning – we can become susceptible to deception and unnecessary heartbreak. It is not wrong to question something. On the contrary, it is commendable. Blind trust is unbiblical and dangerous. Many Americans are probably familiar with the famous phrase “Trust, but verify.” This phrase, it appears, is an old Russian proverb which was popularized by President Ronald Reagan in his speeches. A brother of mine in the Lord once said to me, “Truth does not fear verification.”
Today, the Psalmist tells us that it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man or in princes, i.e. noble people.” Why? Because Jehovah alone is a solid Rock. He alone never changes. He alone is ever dependable. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (cf. Hebrew 13:8). The same cannot be said of any human being. We know ourselves. We are constantly changing like Spring weather. Today, it’s “I love you so much, my dear.” Come tomorrow, we could be singing a different tune. For others, mood swings is the order of the day. If you catch them in a good mood, it’s your lucky day. You don’t want to imagine catching them in a bad mood.
Bottom line: If you must trust people, trust intelligently. This means, keep your eyes open and keep your mind in a state of prayerful vigilance.
The peace of Christ Jesus our Lord be with you today. Amen.
Pray to our heavenly Father about the message that has come to you today.
For further study: Jeremiah 17:5-8